(Health Secrets Newsletter) It’s hard for some people to comprehend, but mental fatigue can definitely take its toll on your sense of well-being. It can actually be worse than physical fatigue when a person faces the inability to think clearly or express their feelings and frustrations in a constructive manner. Worse still, mental stress is known to cause physical fatigue and illness, too!
Mental exhaustion can be a result of work, family life, conflict, or even a lack of quality sleep. If you have to make an important decision, mental stress can take its toll on you and can even lead to severe depression. It’s critical to avoid the consequences of mental fatigue and implement strategies to overcome the often underestimated dangers of prolonged mental exhaustion.
Relaxation is absolutely necessary to relieve mental stress and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. You’re probably thinking, “How am I going to do that?” Here are some tips to help you minimize mental burnout and start implementing a relaxation routine:
* Take a 15-minute vacation for yourself. Spend time in a quiet, peaceful room where you can reflect and get in touch with your spiritual side. Explore different ways of self-reflection to find the one that is most effective for you. Some pray or meditate, others write in a journal, while some simply allow their thoughts to gently release into the stillness of the room. Spend some time with yourself, get to know who you are, and enjoy the beauty of you in peaceful solitude.
* Get plenty of restful, rejuvenating sleep. Don’t sell yourself short on the importance of giving your body a chance to repair and rebuild itself. Mental fatigue can exist no matter how much sleep you get, but sleep does refresh the mind, body, and soul. Getting adequate sleep will reduce a lot of your day-to-day stress. The body and mind is an awesome machine and with just a little attention to a simple step like sleep, you can make incredible leaps and bounds in your state of well-being.
* Free your mind from the vortex of worries that swirl around you. Take your mind off of those things that are causing you stress by working on a puzzle or spending time with friends and family. Distract yourself by going out for a nice dinner or weekend getaway. Detach with love from those things that cause you stress or mental exhaustion. Release and replace; worrying is like praying for something you really don’t want. Learn to let go.
* Get regular exercise. Exercise causes your brain to release happy chemicals known asendorphins. It’s the body’s natural “high” which is completely legal and recommended on a daily basis. Even if all you can do is take a 15-minute walk, take it. That can be great “me time” for you. Remember in the case of exercise, anything is better than nothing!Move your body to heal your soul!
* Try deep breathing exercises. When things get rough, take deep breaths in through your nose, hold it for 10 seconds, then release through your mouth. You’ll notice that this willrelieve tension though out your body. Tighten you muscles and gently release them – muscle by muscle from head to toe. Tighten as you breath in, gently release as you breath out. This is a great way to relax before going to bed as well. Give your body the gift of breathing from your belly.
* Take a day to do things by yourself. Go to a movie, go to a museum or art gallery, or do something you’ve always wanted to do but never made time for. In doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and serenity of being alone.
These are just some of the strategies to help to combat mental fatigue. You may have some other strategies that help you relax and find peace in your life. Once you begin integrating these simple techniques into your day, you will begin to feel the weight lifted off your shoulders and before you know it, you’ll feel like a brand new person!
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